Monday, February 6, 2012

Review & Giveaway: The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie (A Forgotten Castles #1)
Pages: 320
Release Date: February 1st, 2012
Date Read:  December 20th, 2011 to January 8th, 2012
Received:  ARC from NetGalley
Rating:  3/5 stars
Recommended to:  13+

On Holy Island in Northumberland lives Alexandria Featherstone, daughter of Lord Featherstone and his wife. Alex's parents have gone to and from their castle constantly - typically gone more than not.  But now they've been away for a year, with no news, leaving Alex to wonder.  The king says they're dead, that she is now the ward of the Duke of St. Easton, but she doesn't believe for one moment that her parents are gone for good.  She would feel something, right?

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, has gone deaf.  Sudden dizziness - and then nothing, no hearing.  At least his correspondence with Alexandria keeps up his spirits.  When he hears of her need for money and her castle's decrepit situation, he decides to go to her and take care of matters in person.  But when he arrives and Alex is not at the castle, Gabriel must set off in pursuit: not just of the body, but of the heart as well.

The Guardian Duke is a very charming book.  It holds mystery, intrigue, travels, love, and a while goose chase that will have you laughing!  It isn't the best book, but sometimes a good, fun read is all you want, and The Guardian Duke delivers excellently.

Alex is a fun character, but man she can be infuriatingly stupid!  Sometimes she drove me up the wall with her crazy ideas and impulses (which she acted on!).  She likes to tell little fibs to get her way and has one goal: find her parents.  Nothing else will do.
Surprisingly, despite all that, I still liked her.  Pushing aside all the immaturity, a woman is waiting to appear.  I very much hope this happens soon, however, because I don't know how much more I can take of that girl's crazy ideas!  Ha!

Now, Gabriel - he's a fine man.  He's got his faults, yes, but he is generous and kind and determined (in a more mature way than Alex) and totally dedicated to his ward.  His love for Alex seemed a bit too quick in coming but I understand it.  I so look forward to more of Gabriel in the future!

The other characters - Montague, Baylor, John, etc. were good, although some were unrealistic or inconsistent.  However, they do make for a fun read, no matter the flaw.

Some of this story had me on the edge of my seat; some of it had me floating with the beginnings of a love story; some of it had me going, "Ummm, I don't think so!"

When Alex is traveling, a group of soldiers, one man in particular, begs to escort her.  He keeps pestering her, and when she has to go on alone without her coachman, the soldier makes even more serious advances.  She's scared he'll try something, and he does - but she is saved by a stranger from the inn the night before.  He's an older gentleman who still kicks butt and sends the soldier limping away.
He says he'll help Alex, protect her, and so on and so forth.
And Alex let's him come!

I'm sorry, but it it was me, I would have run to find some female company.  Just because the dude talks about his faith in God doesn't mean much unless you know for sure he wasn't just getting the other guy away just to carry out his own evil intentions.

Obviously, that's one of those I-don't-think-so parts.  But really, I have some great things to say about the story line.  The mystery:  where are her parents?  The romance:  who will end up with who?  The chase: will Gabriel catch up to Alex in time to make her stay?  The faith:  In what ways will Alex and Gabriel's faith be strengthened next?  Some questions are answered, some are not - which is making me itch for The Forgiven Duke!  Ah!!  Very well - I shall have to get to reading it very soon!

Oh!  And, in The Guardian Duke, there's a masque ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I know, right!?  Those are the best, always, forever and ever.  This one was no exception.  It made me grin from ear to ear and totally gave me butterflies!!

Good ole fashion fun, I tell you!  Right here, in this book.  If you're looking for a good, light read, this is your book!

For the parents -
Nothing at all!  13+

*This ARC copy was provided by NetGalley (thanks a million!!) in return for an honest review. I was in no way compensated; all thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.*


Want to read this book?  The author, Miss Jamie herself, is very kindly giving away one finished copy of The Guardian Duke away to one very blessed winner!! :D  Use Rafflecopter below to enter!  The giveaway will end on the 13th, and the winner will be chosen on the 14th!  Good luck! :D

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  1. I would live in Outlander because Jamie Fraser is there and he wears a kilt!!! Nuff said :D

  2. I would live in The Autobiography of Henry the VIII by Margaret George, because I'm totally obsessed with The Tudors, and would love love love to meet Anne Boleyn

  3. Bekah grace photographyFebruary 7, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    i'm totally entering to get this book! haha :) thanks for the detailed review. 

  4. Huh... I would go anywhere because anything is better then the present! Haha.